Skyscrapers in Jakarta

Indonesia in ASEAN: reconciliation, active engagement and strategic reassessment

Tuesday 17th October 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: H.E. Dr Rizal Sukma; Chair: Dr Jürgen Haacke

Emerging from domestic political turmoil of 1966, Indonesia sought to re-orient its foreign policy of anti-west and regional confrontation. It pursued a policy of self-restraint for the benefit of regional reconciliation, through its role as a founding member of ASEAN in August 1967. Indonesia's credentials as a regional partner were cemented by its enthusiastic and active engagement in every aspect of ASEAN's activism ever since.

Fifty years on, however, there is a need for a strategic reassessment of Indonesia's role in ASEAN and the extent to which ASEAN remains the main platform - the cornerstone - for the attainment of Indonesia's changing national and international priorities.

More information about this event is available here.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEASEAN

 Download and listen to the podcast here



His Excellency Dr Rizal Sukma has been the Indonesian Ambassador to the UK and Ireland since February 2016. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD).



Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre and Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.